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And it now houses her new Sub-Zero refrigerator. Cabinets are now located where the old refrigerator used to be. The hallway was otherwise left empty to further unite the two rooms.

The new cabinetry fills every available inch of vertical space in the kitchen, from floor to ceiling. Relocating the refrigerator created room for wraparound countertops, and by mounting the microwave and wisely using her added storage capacity, Julie can actually keep those countertops clutter-free.

Most telling, really, are the numbers. "We went from two linear feet of counter space to 12. And from 77 square feet of storage to 136," Julie says. The figures might sound abstract, but the payoff was certainly concrete. "Now when I walk into my apartment, I just smile."
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